A passion for the Tri-State and page-turners is what inspired Joseph-Beth Booksellers owner Robert Langley to open his store in 1993. “We love books and we love Cincinnati,” explains Joseph-Beth Booksellers Vice President of Marketing David Rippe.
With locations in Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Lexington and Cleveland, Joseph-Beth Booksellers is now one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. But, Rippe says, they’re more dedicated than ever to the local community. “We’re a community-oriented bookstore and proud of it,” he adds. “We’ve proud to be a place where ideas are shared, knowledge is gained and memories are created. And, we’ll continue to be a valuable contributor to our culture for years to come.”
With 30,000 square feet of space and 500 subject categories, Joseph-Beth Booksellers has a lot to offer local bookworms. “We have more than 55,000 titles covering virtually any topic,” Rippe explains. “And, if you find a book that isn’t in stock Joseph-Beth Booksellers is more than happy to order it and have it shipped directly to your home. It’s and added convenience customers are absolutely loving.”
Joseph-Beth Booksellers doesn’t just sell books, though. They also feature an exansive gift shop that houses thousands of unique gifts – hundreds of which are locally made – and one of the best Kids Departments in the Midwest. “Plus, our full-service restaurant Bronte Bistro,” Rippe adds. “The Bistro is a gathering place for friends and family, business meetings or just a romantic night out.”
Events are an important part of driving traffic to the store, Rippe says. In fact, they host more than 20 in-store events each month. “We bring in nationally known bestselling authors and local authors for book signings and disucssion,” Rippe adds. You can stop by and check out Brandon Sanderson on October 2, Anne Lamott on November 12 and Doris Kearns Goodwin on November 20. Chris Matthews of MSNBC fame will stop by on December 10 as well as many other authors. If you want to see which ones will be heading to Joseph-Beth Booksellers, check out their website.
“We also host three Kid’s Story Times every Tuesday, Thursday at Saturday at 10:30 a.m.,” says Rippe. “Moms and dads can bring the kids and have an enjoyable morning as our booksellers read from great children’s titles.” They also do all kinds of special seasonal kids activities and crafts that are not only fun for the children but the parents, too.
Since the holiday season is just around the corner, the team at Joseph-Beth Booksellers is already gearing up for the festivities and holiday shoppers. Over the next several weeks, you can expect to see live music, Breakfast with Santa, Lunch with the Grinch, school choirs and lots of fun in-store surprises to delight the kids and adults of all ages.
The Cincinnati-based Joseph-Beth Booksellers is in Rookwood Pavilion, centrally located in Norwood near Hyde Park and Oakley. “Rookwood Pavilion is the perfect place for Joseph-Beth because it’s an upscale and convenient shopping center that attracts people from all over the Tri-State,” Rippe says.